When it comes to popular styles, European-inspired house plans rank second only to country designs in plan sales through Hanley Wood, the publisher of Builder House Plans and ePlans.com. Generally speaking, homes in this category feature stone on the exterior, hipped roofs, decorative shutters, and in some cases eye-catching turrets. As a result, these homes offer standout curb appeal—and who wouldn’t want more of that?

Something Old, Something New

A home doesn’t have to be covered in stone to make a statement. Here, a well-placed wall and arch on the façade add lots of character. Inside, buyers will love the abundant counter space in the open island kitchen, which serves the great room and dining area with ease. A flex room could become a home office, media room, or formal living room. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.

Upscale and Understated

This rustic French country exterior opens up to a plan full of modern amenities. With its fireplace and porch access, the vaulted great room will be the most popular room in the house. The island kitchen features plenty of counter space, including a snack bar for easy entertaining, while a formal dining room sits adjacent. Occupying the home’s left wing, the master suite provides a thoroughly relaxing retreat with his-and-hers vanities in the bathroom and double walk-in closets. Upstairs, two bedrooms each boast a built-in desk and private bath. A huge bonus space over the garage awaits expansion and could become an extra bedroom or home theater. For more images, information, and the floor plan, click here.